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2005 Stories by Robrt L. Pela

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  • Love's Play

    published April 7, 2005

    Childsplay's Romeo and Juliet is not just for kids. Thanks to crafty staging and a talented cast, all of them able to play persuasively any... More >>

  • Much Ado About Nothing

    published April 7, 2005

    I hate Shakespeare. I always have. And you -- if you're unfortunate enough to have slogged through one of his interminable plays (or worse, a film... More >>

  • Curious George

    published March 31, 2005

    Note to young hipsters who want to claim famed underground filmmaker George Kuchar as their own: You're 40 years too late. Although Kuchar is... More >>

  • Ed Trip

    published March 31, 2005

    Ed Dominguez, 38, painter, Phoenix booster, refugee from architecture and from San Juan, Puerto Rico, his birthplace. His large-format paintings... More >>

  • Drawn That Way

    published March 24, 2005

    I've been watching anime for the past couple of days, and there isn't enough aspirin (or Chivas Regal) in the world to relieve my pain. For... More >>

  • Irish Eyes

    published March 24, 2005

    Molly Sweeney is blind. And she's married to a windbag, a dorky bore who's convinced her to undergo surgery to restore her eyesight. She's lived a... More >>

  • Playbill of Goods

    published March 24, 2005

    Whenever I find myself trapped in a theater with another lousy production of another dreary play or musical, I always turn to my friend the... More >>

  • Jew Talk Too Much

    published March 17, 2005

    You shouldn't know from Sunday morning AM radio -- with maybe one exception. Too Jewish With Rabbi Sam Cohon and Friends, which debuted... More >>

  • Shabby Chic

    published March 17, 2005

    John Nelson, 48, renowned outsider artist, creates primitive acrylic and collage-on-wood-panel works inspired by puns and word play that strike... More >>

  • The Virtues of Chastity

    published March 17, 2005

    Perhaps in honor of the fourth anniversary of Cher's farewell tour, MGM recently released a DVD edition of Chastity, the 1969 stink bomb... More >>

  • The Name Game

    published March 10, 2005

    Once upon a time, folks who kept their checkbooks balanced and hung up their clothes when they weren't wearing them were considered well... More >>

  • Five Years Too Late

    published March 10, 2005

    The Last Five Years, which played briefly off-Broadway in 2002, chronicles a young couple's romance using two different time lines. Her... More >>

  • Mind's Ire

    published March 10, 2005

    Imagine for a moment that you're at a diner, and you've just ordered one of those "man-size" breakfast combos, the kind that come with four eggs... More >>

  • For Posterior's Sake

    published March 10, 2005

    Tongues are still wagging about the night in 1990 when Phoenix Theatre's curtain came up to reveal a giant naked man, his ass rouged and... More >>

  • Paint the Town

    published March 3, 2005

    You don't fool me for a minute. You're admiring that Jeff Falk painting, maybe even whispering to your companion about Jeff's confident use of... More >>

  • No Friend of Dorothy

    published March 3, 2005

    The Michael Jackson jury has been selected, and, not unlike Jackson himself, it's two-thirds female and mostly white. And if this jury doesn't... More >>

  • Bad to the Bone

    published February 24, 2005

    This is what it's come to: I have driven for nearly an hour in order to interview a big plastic skeleton. What's more, I'm doing it at a place I... More >>

  • Heart Attack

    published February 24, 2005

    If Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart isn't often revived, it's almost certainly because it's an issue-related drama with a story -- about the... More >>

  • AIDS Plays Out

    published February 24, 2005

    Alas, the lowly AIDS play. Originally built in the face of a crisis, AIDS plays have lingered as a subgenre of theater, one that has withered as... More >>

  • Island Fever

    published February 17, 2005

    According to the Internet site TV Tome, more people between the ages of 6 and 30 have heard of Gilligan, that eternal television castaway, than... More >>

  • Going With the Grain

    published February 10, 2005

    Your inner child need never go hungry again. Thanks to local entrepreneur David Roth, who with pal Rick Bacher launched the Tempe-based cereal bar... More >>

  • The Mouse That Roared

    published February 10, 2005

    There was a time when Disney knew its place. That time has long since passed. Once content to deliver clever cartoons and the occasional film... More >>

  • Read Dawn

    published February 10, 2005

    It finally happened. After nearly a decade of trying -- of awakening at the crack of dawn, crouching in my chilly, parked car for hours on end,... More >>

  • Strip Club

    published February 3, 2005

    When the Valley's own Jonathan Kaye returns to the FBR Open this week to defend his title against Vijay Singh, he might be swinging with... More >>

  • Smiling Artist

    published February 3, 2005

    Lawrence McLaughlin, 48, painter, sculptor, part-time resident of France, and relentlessly cheerful former Minnesotan, has plenty to be happy... More >>

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